1. kenicolo's Avatar
    I was showing my passport to a collgue and said :
    -The only thing I miss is being able to take good pictures quickly... they are all blurry if I don't spend 8 seconds staying stable ans if the subject moves... blur blur blur.

    Then it came to my mind that if after all this time this was not fixed it my be because Blackberry wanted it that way.

    But why? What purpose a slow focusing camera could be to anything?

    Not being able to quickly sneak a picture at work... to leak confidential information easily. If I sell a device to insurance company, hospitals or stock management company, the security would be happy to know that it's hard to take a good picture quickly of that computer that was left with confidential information opened with this phone.

    That's my guess. The situation with the camera may have been settled this way as a "feature" for security.

    Am I over thinking this?

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    02-25-16 08:14 PM
  2. Zeratul57's Avatar
    Why would they put the most expensive parts in a phone when they were and are in trouble? So what its not the fastest but gets the job done. Taking good pictures requires a little skill too so the wait is discounted.
    02-25-16 08:22 PM
  3. Ment's Avatar
    Your explanation doesn't hold for PRIV which we all assume is positioned to be used in the same market segments as Passport. It's all a matter of priority. BB put alot of resources into mobile security and has been at the top for a long time. MS bought expensive camera expertise thru Nokia, Apple puts huge resources into Iphones, Google has its own well-funded teams as well as those of its OEM partners. Optics both hardware and software is a low priority item for BB10, pretty simple.
    02-25-16 08:59 PM
  4. SeanSolo's Avatar
    Camera is terrible. No rationale needed.

    Sent via Passport SE~!
    02-25-16 09:32 PM
  5. Edijs Benoit's Avatar
    Mine focuses pretty fast. Comparing to iPhone maybe 0.7 second slower.


    Camera theory: Slow focus by design-img_20160218_161502.jpg
    Camera theory: Slow focus by design-img_20160209_140432.jpg

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    02-25-16 09:36 PM
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    02-25-16 09:39 PM
  7. Insync's Avatar
    Not had an issue focusing but, as with any situation, if a shot is important, I take multiple photos. The beauty of digital is that any bad pictures one can simply delete. Especially with people photos, or recording events, multiple images is always best.

    In many instances a camera is slow to focus because the lighting conditions confuse the lens as to the subject matter of the photo. The passport camera is no different. In such cases you have to press the screen to pick the focus subject. If you want everything in focus you have to pick something in the foreground of the picture.

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    02-26-16 04:59 AM
  8. Zeratul57's Avatar
    I ran the stock att OS for along time waiting for an update. I have been on the 2514 OS for a few months. The Camera is a night and day diff. Focus is alot faster and pictures are better because of it. I understand what the OP is saying, I didnt like the wait time either. Its now working a lot better.
    02-26-16 07:56 AM
  9. mad_mdx's Avatar
    My camera is pretty good. I can't complain. Sometimes focus is a little off but I'm not one of those idiots trying to take a picture of their kid playing hockey with a cell phone camera using digital zoom...
    02-26-16 08:26 AM
  10. zack west's Avatar
    My camera is pretty good. I can't complain. Sometimes focus is a little off but I'm not one of those idiots trying to take a picture of their kid playing hockey with a cell phone camera using digital zoom...
    Busted me out. Taken with my Passport.
    Camera theory: Slow focus by design-img_20160119_183234.jpg

    Using my Passport!
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    02-26-16 11:12 PM
  11. methodinsane's Avatar
    Is this a BlackBerry 10 issue or just Passport? How does the Passport focus time compare to my Z30?

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    02-27-16 03:12 AM
  12. anon(8050899)'s Avatar
    8 seconds? To get the picture focused? That's half an eternity! However, not so with my Passport SE. Eight seconds waiting time gives hint to a hardware "disorder".

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    02-27-16 03:33 AM
  13. spacemanZ10's Avatar
    I'm on 2836 the focus on my passport camera can be bad, especially on timeshift, not as good as when I first got it or my original z10. Bit disappointing really.

    Swiped on my beautiful Passport!
    02-27-16 06:33 AM
  14. donnation's Avatar
    I think I've heard it all now.
    02-27-16 07:06 AM
  15. jhimmel's Avatar
    I think I've heard it all now.
    +1
    I wasn't sure at first if the OP was tongue-in-cheek (still not 100% sure). It's not slow, it's a security feature. Love it.

    Maybe they should disable focus entirely. You know - for even GREATER security.

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    02-27-16 07:44 AM
  16. anon(679606)'s Avatar
    It is symbolic of BlackBerry lacking focus...

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    02-27-16 09:12 AM
  17. SeanSolo's Avatar
    Love this forum but I wish people would stop defending the mess of a camera on the Passport. It's just terrible. Especially if you've had any other flagship phone from the last 5 years. I love the Passport but the camera is practically unusable. I've had 3 Passports so it's not my individual unit.

    Sent via Passport SE~!
    02-27-16 10:31 AM
  18. early2bed's Avatar
    I think the battery on my smartphone purposely runs out to keep me from burying my face in my phone all day.
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    02-27-16 10:40 AM
  19. SeanSolo's Avatar
    Hahahahah

    Sent via Passport SE~!
    02-27-16 11:06 AM
  20. jojon2se's Avatar
    +1
    I wasn't sure at first if the OP was tongue-in-cheek (still not 100% sure). It's not slow, it's a security feature. Love it.

    Maybe they should disable focus entirely. You know - for even GREATER security.

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    I believe my Passport and Z30 have that feature already. They consistently slide through the focus range, find perfect focus, and at that instant snaps back several notches, locking to something that makes any text unreadable.
    02-27-16 01:03 PM
  21. sunnys1's Avatar
    That's why I still have my iphone 6s. Point and shoot in approx 1sec

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    02-28-16 07:03 PM
  22. xedosul's Avatar
    Camera it is generally ok but I can't take Selfie with my passport because all my photos are blued!

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    03-02-16 12:50 PM
  23. texn884's Avatar
    Camera it is generally ok but I can't take Selfie with my passport because all my photos are blued!

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    so true mine are blury
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    03-02-16 09:50 PM
  24. GUINDON's Avatar
    I think you're giving them too much credit. If that was the reason behind thinking, that would be a great success story of accomplishment.

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    03-03-16 01:43 PM
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